Best podcasts to inspire and motivate: From Em Rusciano, Jameela Jamil, Brené Brown, and more

Best podcasts to inspire and motivate: From Em Rusciano, Jameela Jamil, Brené Brown, and more

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Text: Annabelle Teo

In times of self-doubt and uncertainty, sometimes all we need is someone in our ear, cheering us on with their own little audio show. Lucky for us, podcasts are now aplenty and accessible. Perfect whether you're stuck indoors or on a solo mission out of the house, plugging into a good podcast has the ability to shift your mood and make you feel that you aren't all that alone. To get started, tune in to these five mood-lifting picks that are filled with inspiring, powerful, and occasionally hilarious stories and conversations. A good laugh might just be the best remedy, after all.


Energetic and hilarious, Australian comedian and radio presenter Em Rusciano's podcast is the perfect antidote to the doom and gloom of lockdown. Episodes are an easy 30-45 minutes of chat between Rusciano and her best friend, Michael Lucas, covering plenty of funny stories and dissecting the latest in pop culture. It's not all just fun and games, as her life coach husband Scott also jumps on to offer a dose of positive, practical advice to get us through iso and life in general.


Listen to Emsolation here.

I Weigh with Jameela Jamil

Actress/activist Jameela Jamil's "I Weigh" movement was born on Instagram in 2018 as a push-back against the idea of women's worth being measured by what they weigh, and has evolved into a platform to explore social issues and promote inclusivity. This podcast sees Jamil chatting candidly with various performers, thought leaders, activists, and friends, whose stories on their vulnerabilites and triumphs over past shame and adversity are both inspiring and funny.


Listen to I Weigh with Jameela Jamil here.

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Hosted by American news anchor Dan Harris, Ten Percent Happier is a podcast that explores happiness from various angles. Following an on-air panic attack, Harris found himself turning to meditation and the practice of mindfulness, and learning how the brain can be rewired for focus and happiness. The podcast offers practical tips on improving our lives through insightful conversations with leading researchers on topics such as social anxiety, bias, creativity, productivity and relationships.

Ten percent happier

Listen to Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris here.

The Happiness Lab

Just as it says on the label, The Happiness Lab is all about how we can take lessons from science to improve our happiness. Dr Laurie Santos is a cognitive scientist and Professor of Psychology at Yale University whose "Psychology and the Good Life" course has become the most popular in Yale's history (it's also available on online learning platform Coursera). The episodes balance interesting scientific research with inspiring stories, and offers simple, evidence-based tips for improving your well-being.

The Happiness Lab

Listen to The Happiness Lab here.

Unlocking Us by Brené Brown

Propelled into the international spotlight by a 2010 TED Talk called "The Power of Vulnerability", Brené Brown is a research professor who has spent her career studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to people's lives. Her new podcast aims to reflect the universal experiences of being human through raw, meaningful conversations with different guests. Having launched earlier this year and in exactly a time where our desire for connection is so amplified, these discussions are hopeful and helpful in their honesty and authenticity.

Unlocking Us

Listen to Unlocking Us by Brené Brown here.